NPR, September 17, 2013
Here at The Salt, we've been following the controversies that surround antibiotic use on the farm. Farmers give these drugs to chickens, swine and beef cattle, either to keep the animals healthy or to make them grow faster. Critics it's contributing to an epidemic of drug-resistant bacteria not just on the farm, but among people, too. Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a on that epidemic. For the first time, the agency came up with a ranking of the threats posed by different drug-resistance microbes, listing them as "urgent," "serious," and "concerning."